Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham

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The Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham is the diocesan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham in the Province of York.[1][2]

The diocese covers 847 square miles (2,190 km2) including the whole of Nottinghamshire and a small area of South Yorkshire. The see is in the town of Southwell where the seat is located at the Cathedral and Collegiate Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary (also known as Southwell Minster), which was elevated to cathedral status in 1884. The bishop's residence is Bishop's Manor, Southwell[3] — in the minster precincts.

The diocese was created in 1884. Until 2005 it was known simply by the name "Southwell"; Nottingham was added to the title in that year. The current bishop is Paul Williams, whose election was confirmed on 11 May 2015.[4] There are 314 church buildings in the Diocese.

The bishop is assisted by the suffragan Bishop of Sherwood, the current incumbent being Andy Emerton.

List of bishops[edit]

Bishops of Southwell
From Until Incumbent Notes
1884 1904 George Ridding Formerly Headmaster of Winchester College
1904 1925 Edwyn Hoskyns Died in post.
1926 1928 Bernard Heywood Resigned in ill health; became an assistant bishop in York then Bishop suffragan of Hull and later Bishop of Ely
1928 1941 Henry Mosley Formerly Bishop of Stepney
1941 1964 Russell Barry
1964 1970 Gordon Savage Formerly Bishop of Buckingham
1970 1985 Denis Wakeling
1985 1988 Michael Whinney Formerly Bishop of Aston
1988 1999 Patrick Harris Formerly Bishop of Northern Argentina and Secretary of the Partnership for World Mission.
1999 2005 George Cassidy Enthroned 11 September 1999; See translated to "Southwell and Nottingham" in 2005.
Bishops of Southwell and Nottingham
From Until Incumbent Notes
2005 2009 George Cassidy
2010 20 January 2014[5] Paul Butler [6][7] Formerly Bishop of Southampton; translated to Durham on 20 January 2014.
11 May 2015 present Paul Williams Previously area Bishop of Kensington.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory, 100th edition, (2007), Church House Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
  2. ^ The Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham Archived 28 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine. (Official website). Retrieved on 18 November 2008.
  3. ^ "Paul Gavin Williams". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  4. ^ Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham — Election of new Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham confirmed (Accessed 24 May 2015)
  5. ^ Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham – Downing Street announces that the next Bishop of Durham is to be Paul Butler (Accessed 12 September 2013)
  6. ^ The Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham Archived 7 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine. (Official website). Retrieved on 18 November 2008.
  7. ^ Bishop of Willesden announces Bishop Paul's new post on Twitter -
  8. ^ "Historical successions: Southwell". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 17 July 2012.

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